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St Andrews in the bush?

Chrissie Boughey (nee Williams) (MA, MA, DPhil) graduated from St Andrews in 1973. Her time at St Andrews as a ‘first generation’ student (made possible only by a government grant) led her to pursue the research interest that has sustained her academic career – the pursuit of social justice in higher education. It also allowed…

22 April 2020Alumni stories

How to NOT go to School – and help the NHS

How to NOT go to School – and help the NHS  Mike Forde (MA 2014) decided to help his primary class to adapt to the ‘big and scary changes happening around them’ as a result of COVID-19 by writing a book – ‘How to NOT go to school’. It has been published on Amazon Kindle,…

20 April 2020Alumni stories

Life changes, memories don’t: 50 years and counting

Valerie Torgerson Waddelove graduated from St Andrews with an MA in Medieval History in 1970. She reflects on the past 50 years since that day, and how COVID-19 has impacted her and her family. 

3 April 2020Alumni stories

REMAKEHUB: a seed planted in St Andrews

Sissi Chao graduated from St Andrews University in 2012 with an MA in Economics. Following a Masters at the London School of Economics (LSE) and work experience in consulting firm Accenture and in the tourism industry with the Mouzenidis Group in Greece, she went on to found REMAKEHUB – a social enterprise that turns fishing…

9 March 2020Alumni stories

From ‘bubble’ to Cell

Nathan Meade (BSc 2010) describes how four years in ‘the bubble’ set him on the path to being published in the ‘Cell’ – one of the most highly respected journals in science. Memories I was elated when I was given an offer to study Marine Biology at St Andrews. Such a prestigious University was quite…

2 March 2020Alumni stories

Remembering Nicholas Parsons

David Caldwell (MA 1967) shares some of his personal memories of Nicholas Parsons – a well-loved Rector and honorary graduate of St Andrews, who died on Tuesday 28 January 2020.

17 February 2020Alumni stories

An unforgettable year 

Julian Fore was an undergraduate studying Government and Economics at William & Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia when – thanks to a scholarship funded by an anonymous donor – he was able to come to St Andrews on an International Exchange in 1969. He describes here how this ‘unforgettable year’ changed his perspective of the world…

15 February 2020Alumni stories

The 1972 Club reunions: not all feasting and frivolity

Dr Ian Clark (MB ChB 1972) describes what it was like to study Medicine here in the late 1960s and why the 1972 Club decided to give back by setting up a class medical scholarship as part of the Wardlaw Scholarship scheme.

11 February 2020Alumni stories

An unbroken thread…

Julia Melvin (MA 1964) describes here the unbroken thread of four generations of her family who studied at St Andrews – beginning with the renowned Principal James Colquhoun Irvine, who graduated in 1898.

17 January 2020Alumni stories

Dancing still fit and healthy at 70

I reached St Andrews by bus in September 1965, and struggled up the hill to St Regulus Hall with one suitcase in each hand. There were no wheelies in those days. I had two objectives: Political Economy, and Scottish Country Dancing.

27 November 2019Alumni stories